Big Temple in Thanjavur
CHENNAI: Nearly 80 living monuments in Tamil Nadu, which are places of worship belonging to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), will be reopened on Tuesday.
These include the Unesco-notified Brihadeeswarar temples in Thanjavur and Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Kailasanathar Temple in Kancheepuram, and St Mary’s Church at Fort St. George in Chennai. These monuments are permitted to be opened following the state government’s announcement to reopen temples from September 1.
These monuments will follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the state government to contain the spread of Covid-19. Officials of these centrally protected monuments would regulate the crowd and ensure social distancing.
Tamil Nadu is home to ASI 411 monuments, of which nearly 80 are living monuments. All the remaining monuments and heritage sites of ASI will remain shut.
While ASI monuments were reopened across the country in phases during June and July, it continued to be closed in Tamil Nadu, since the state government guidelines did not allow the reopening of tourist attractions and places of worship. All ASI monuments were closed on March 17, following the outbreak of Covid-19.